A Sound Career Choice for Audiophiles
Do you dream of producing an album for a vocalists or band? Mixing the soundtrack for a film? What about keeping a radio station sounding crisp and clear? Quality sound is needed in the entertainment, education, journalism and other fields: from audio books and video games to commercials and live performances. Sound professionals play an integral role in multimedia production as they capture, edit, and mix sound in studio and live settings.
Through BEAU’s Professional Audio Engineering program in Utah, you will learn the fundamentals of audio production including acoustics, signal flow, music theory, sound design, and entertainment business essentials. Whether you want to be behind the mic or running the board, your professional sound engineering career can begin at BEAU.
By taking classes full-time at 15 credits per quarter, year-round, you can earn your AAS in Professional Audio Engineering in as little as 18 months.
What You’ll Learn
You’ll learn to:
- Use a digital audio workstation to create, capture, edit, process and mix sound
- Operate audio and video equipment in a live, or studio setting
- Produce a portfolio for industry presentation
- Create a functional web presence for a media professional
- Define intellectual property and explain its role in the global economy
How long does it take?
Graduate in as few as 18 months by taking 15 credits per quarter, year round.
How much can I make?
Mean salary for broadcast and sound engineering technicians.
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016
How long do classes last?
BEAU offers four start times each year so that you can get going on your degree right away.
BEAU Is No Ordinary Arts School
Instead of classrooms, you’ll get 24/7 access to creative spaces, specialty labs, and studios furnished with industry-standard equipment and software. As an audio student, you’ll love our media composer, sound stage and control room.
Focus on career exploration, job search tools and resources, and professionalism through this capstone course.
You’ll learn from industry-experienced instructors who bring their real-world knowledge to you. They’ve spent years building successful careers in audio and will help you do the same.
Mason Aeschbacher -- Instructor
Mason brings a decidedly international flair to his BEAU classroom. Together with his wife, Lorin, Mason helps lead Samba Fogo, a Salt Lake-based Afro-Brazilian dance and drum group that has been performing for more than 25 years. Mason holds a master’s in music from the U. of U. and is also a registered yoga teacher.
- Music director, drum instructor, and musical accompanist at Samba Fogo Brazilian Music and Dance
- Dance accompanist at UVU Department of Dance
Bruce Kirby -- Instructor
Bruce, program chair, completed his BA in communications with an emphasis in sound recording technology at BYU. His professional career has led him to record, produce, and mix with the likes of They Might Be Giants, The Wallflowers, Hewlett Packard, Sony Playstation, and more. He also has 35+ years’ experience as a percussionist.
- Owner, producer and mixing and mastering engineer at Boho Digitalia
- Mixed more than 500 CDs
Ryan Purcell -- Instructor
Ryan is an award-winning sound professional with 35+ years in the industry. In addition to being Utah’s only foley artist, he has developed specialties in dialogue editing, ADR recording and editing, and sound effects editing. His credits include work for Disney, Paramount, Dreamworks, ABC, CBS, FOX, National Geographic, and more.
- The Ring 2
Bryan Sansom -- Instructor
“Big Bryan” is a longtime member of the Salt Lake City audio scene. In fact, that’s the name of the studio he owns: SLC Audio. Though he’s already worked with the likes of Neon Trees, 30 Seconds to Mars, Avenged Sevenfold, and others, he’s not done learning—he’s currently pursuing his Master of Music Technology from IUPUI.
- Owner, producer and mixing and mastering engineer at SLC Audio
- Studio manager and recording engineer at The Castle Studio
Curriculum Designed for Audio Engineering
Studio Audio Engineering
You’ll learn about sound and audio signal theory, transduction, signal processing and digital audio workstation operation. You also learn about the writing, setup, and operation of a basic hybrid analog/digital recording environment.
Through courses such as Essentials of Pro Tools and Pro Tools Production Essentials, you’ll prepare to be certified in this digital audio workstation.
You’ll take a variety of production courses, including Desktop Production I and II; Music Production Techniques; Music Production Capstone; and Post Production I, II, and Techniques.
Graduates of the Audio Engineering program are prepared for careers as:
- Audio technician
- Sound editor
- Recording engineer
- Music producer
- Sound effects cutter
- Sound mixer
- Audio operator
- Broadcast technician
“The industry is shaping up to be a lot of home producers and engineers creating their own content; there’s never been a better time to be an artist.”
— Bryan Sansom
Ready for More?
Start your future in audio design now. Complete the form to receive:
- More information about the BEAU Professional Audio Engineering program
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